Havanna (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-20)   CPDL #36842:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 41 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johns ton, 2015. Oval note edition. The other eight stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-20)   CPDL #36841:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other eight stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-09-20)   CPDL #36840:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1800. The other eight stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-20)   CPDL #36839:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other eight stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Havanna
First Line: Praise to God, immortal praise
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anna Barbauld

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 8, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Anna Barbauld, 1772, in nine stanzas.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days;
Bounteous source of every joy,
Let Thy praise our tongues employ.

2. For the blessings of the field,
For the stores the gardens yield;
For the vine's exalted juice,
For the generous olive's use.

3. Flocks that whiten all the plain,
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain;
Clouds that drop their fattening dews,
Suns that temperate warmth diffuse.

 

4. All that spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o'er the smiling land;
All that liberal autumn pours
From her rich o'er-flowing stores.

5. These to Thee, my God, we owe:
Source whence all our blessings flow;
And for these, my soul shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.

6. Yet should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the ripening ear,
Should the fig-tree's blasted shoot
Drop her green untimely fruit,

 

7. Should the vine put forth no more,
Nor the olive yield her store,
Though the sickening flocks should fail,
And the herds desert the stall,

8. Should Thine altered hand restrain
The early and the latter rain;
Blast each opening bud of joy,
And the rising year destroy,

9. Yet to Thee my soul should raise
Grateful vows, and solemn praise,
And when every blessing's flown,
Love Thee – for Thyself alone.

Praise to God in Prosperity and Adversity by Anna Barbauld